Practice Areas for Nashville Criminal Defense
My litigation experience can be divided into three distinct eras that are vastly different. The first era began in October 1996 and ended February 1998 where I worked as a junior associate attorney for Jacobs and Holt, and the second era was from February 1998 until May 2002 where I was a solo practicing attorney whose practice was a high volume general civil litigation practice along with a small criminal practice. Lastly, the third and current era started in May 2002 when I managed to narrow the focus of my practice to DUI and Criminal Defense.
During the first era, I worked with a business litigation attorney J. Michael Jacobs where I provided general litigation support by drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and memorandums of law. I also argued these motions and points of law in front of both Circuit and Chancery Court Judges. Eighty percent of my work load was dedicated to two large and complex business litigation matters. The other twenty percent of my practiced consisted of heading the firm’s small claims court practice where I managed a large caseload consisting of consumer disputes and contract matters. These small claims are where I got my first experiences trying cases. In fact, I had the opportunity to try numerous bench trials during this short period of time.
The second era started in February 1998 and ended in May 2002. During this time, I had both a general civil litigation practice and a small criminal practice. This era was unlike the first era because it was not has narrowly focused and the constant guidance and support was no longer present. I virtually tackled any case that came through the door and started a high volume practice that consisted of divorce clients, custody issues, contract disputes, consumer claims, social security disability appeals, worker’s compensation claims, personal injury cases, a federal copyright infringement case, and criminal cases. My litigation skills were greatly enhanced by managing such a large caseload. I learned to be quick on my feet and had to constantly adjust from one area of law to another. I tried numerous bench trials and even a few jury trials. It seemed like I was always chasing my tail responding to discovery demands, preparing for depositions, and trials. I also had the unique experience of trying a federal copyright infringement case where I had to analyze and review numerous contracts and supporting documents. I argued cases and prepared briefs from the lowest of municipal administrative venues to the Six Circuit Court of Appeals. I greatly enjoyed practicing in so many different areas of law but it was extremely difficult to manage such a diverse caseload. I always felt as though I was constantly reinventing the wheel.
The final and third era started in May 2002 when I was finally able to limit the focus of my practice to DUI and Criminal Defense. By having a narrowly focused practice, I have been able to become a better litigator because I am constantly facing the same issues time and time again. Now, the surprises are limited. My litigation experiences are now limited to conducting preliminary hearings, motions to suppress evidence, bench trials, and jury trials. This focus allows me to be a more effective advocate for my clients.
In summary, my litigation skills consist of litigating a variety of civil matters and criminal cases. I have argued before beer boards, small claims court, social security courts, criminal courts, civil courts, and even Federal Judges. There are few legal matters I have not handled over the past 16 years. I have always enjoyed the different challenges that litigation affords.